Way ahead

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/9/2019 12:43:56 PM IST

 When Rabindranath Tagore penned his famous poem of freedom with the words “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, where knowledge is free. Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;”it hasn’t stopped inspiring. The words continue to resonate across India and even in remote Nagaland. In the recent past, the topic of truth famine and fear psychosis that continues to plague Naga society, has echoed deeply. In this regard, there is need to remind the Biblical assurance in the following: “ For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.(2 Tim. 1:7). In a state where more than 85% live in villages and still struggling to make ends meet, it is necessary to include such concerns into the domain for a change that encompasses moral, material and spiritual aspects. Having prided itself as the largest and most influential institution, the church has fallen much behind. Society wants to see as it has heard enough. Not seeing is because of lack of moral courage and that’s why it is silent on many issues. The culture and ethos can never thrive in the silence of the grave. Yet contemporary culture seems to promote a dreadful silence. Silence can sometimes be eloquent. Conversations consist not only in what is said but what is not said- the cold silence, the disapproving silence, the appreciative silence, the reverent silence, the baffled silence. Society is hurting and the environment exudes a fissiparous uncertainty which could prove disastrous in the near future. Social bond is being removed and replaced by tribal hegemony. Structural stability embraces the mutually reinforcing goals of social peace, respect for the rule of law and human rights, and social and economic development. People parrot the word “freedom” cheaply but without realising how much it can mean and do. Freedom without love results in tyranny as it becomes a counterfeit freedom which seeks to manipulate and dominate under its name. Standing up for what is right and what is true irrespective of the race or community of the other, will be testimony of the genuineness of Christian faith and also the bond of Christian love that helps bind various people together. Unfortunately, a culture of bullying has made society live under a cloud. This in turn spreads uncertainty and promotes organised, flourishing anarchy to dominate. A distrustful society has nurtured a monstrous society where depredations are rife between offenders and victims, between the powerful and weak and the rich and poor. Seeking to dominate has turned society upside down. Dominating people are abusive people. Only animals, the lowliest of God’s creations live in domination of one another. Conversations consist not only in what is said but what is not said. Wrongs that are not righted or not corrected happen again, when moral cowardice sets in, it prevents people to think and repent. If there are societies and communities throughout the world that understand and accept realities, it is a measure of their mental and spiritual progress to maturity. This should be supported by dynamic and representative political structures, including accountable security systems capable of managing change and resolving disputes. It is from there on that politicians and leaders of society see how they can address the realities and apply their wisdom to see the road ahead. 

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